Funeral Services for Renee can be viewed at the end of her Tribute Video
Renee Beck Graser was surrounded with love as she went home to be with her Lord on Monday, November 22,2021, after a fourteen-year battle with cancer which she handled with enormous grace and courage.
Renee was born on September 18, 1961, in Fremont, Ohio. The youngest of five children born to Loren and Luella (Damman) Beck, Renee grew up in Gibsonburg, Ohio and was a 1979 graduate of Gibsonburg High School. She went on to earn both her Bachelor’s and Master of Education degrees from Bowling Green State University. A vast majority of her working career was spent as a teacher at Vanguard -Sentinel Career and Technology Center in Fremont, Ohio, retiring in 2007 when she became ill. Renee had a wonderful knack of being able to connect with her students and coworkers and made relationships that lasted well beyond her time as a teacher.
Renee married Don Williamson of Gibsonburg in 1982. Together they had two sons, Drew (Angie Duvall) Williamson and Trevor (Aubrey) Williamson, both of Perrysburg. Although they later divorced, they remained friends and always shared a mutual love for their sons.
She then married Larry Graser on December 2, 2004, in Sandusky, Ohio, and he survives. Together Renee and Larry enjoyed countless vacations, boating trips where she served as Capt. Lar’s First Mate, winters in Florida and meeting new friends. However, what they enjoyed most was the time they spent together with their beloved dogs, Isabelle and Sophie, their family and their granddaughters: Emma & Sydney Graser and Braelyn & Norah Duvall.
Renee is also survived by her siblings Ladd (Diane) Beck of Gibsonburg, Ohio; Doug (Kathy) Beck of St. Joseph, Michigan; and LaNette (Terry) Beaverson of Springboro, Ohio; her stepchildren: Jon (Jennifer) Graser of Ft. Myers, Florida and Scott Graser, Tampa, Florida. In addition, she is survived by her devoted friend, Shari Reineck, her aunt and uncle, Ken and Kae Gerken of Napoleon, Ohio, her sisters-in-law Darlene (Bruce) Stammer, Kay (Charles) Stewart and Connie Fries, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother and sister-in-law Damon and Cindi Beck.
All who knew Renee admired her determination to live life to the fullest despite the obstacles she had to overcome during her fight against Ewing’s Sarcoma. One of her proudest accomplishments was, with Drew and Trevor at her side, completing the 2019 Boston Marathon despite having only one arm and a broken foot. Other exciting adventures included climbing Machu Picchu, hiking in the Swiss Alps, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail with her sons. Without a doubt though her greatest accomplishments of all was the wonderful sons she raised and the outgoing love she gave to everyone she encountered. A life that touches others goes on forever, and Renee touched and improved countless lives in the short 60 years she was with us. She always had time for those who needed her and all who knew her could feel her radiating love. She also had a compassion for all animals, and her caring nature showed through in everything she did including making her and Larry’s home beautiful on the inside and out with the many beautiful flowers she planted.
Visitation will be held Sunday, December 5, 2021, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory, 319 W. Madison Street, Gibsonburg, Ohio, 43431. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 6, 2021, at 10 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 500 S. Brentwood Drive, Gibsonburg, with Pastor Travis Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery. For those unable to attend, live-streaming of Renee’s services will be available on the funeral home’s main page under the Live Webcasts tab.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Renee’s name can be made to CCKT (Carson’s Crew and Kennedy, Too!) at: https://ccktdonation.square.site/, an organization to support Cystic Fibrosis that was especially close to Renee’s heart. To express online condolences, watch Renee’s Tribute Video or services, please visit: www.hermanfh.com.
Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure.